Cover Crop White Mustard for Control of Nematodes
Sinapis alba / Brassica alba
There are two types of mustards generally used for cover crops; brown (indian) mustard and white (yellow) mustard. White mustard has been improved by European plant breeders for use as a cover crop and for the control of nematodes. The glucosinolate content of these new mustards is very high compared to the true Brassicas. Mustards are sensitive to cold temperatures, winter-killing at about 25 degrees Fahrenheit. Later maturing varieties are the easiest to manage as farmers do not want mustards to go to seed and become a contaminant in future crops.
Prefers well-drained soils within a pH range of 5.5-6.8